PLA takes part in mas­sive mil­i­tary drill

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Rus­sia’s largest mil­i­tary drill in over three decades, in which Chi­nese mil­i­tary forces are par­tic­i­pat­ing, started at the Tsugol train­ing range in Rus­sia’s Trans-Baikal re­gion on Sept 11. Code-named “Vos­tok-2018”, the drill is thought to be Rus­sia’s largest mil­i­tary ex­er­cise since “Za­pad-1981”, which was held 37 years ago by the Soviet Union and in­volved around 100,000 to 150,000 troops. Rus­sian De­fense Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu said ear­lier that this drill in­volves nearly 300,000 Rus­sian troops, about 36,000 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, more than 1,000 air­craft and around 80 ships. About 3,200 Chi­nese troops, along with over 1,000 pieces of weaponry and 30 fixed-wing air­craft and he­li­copters from the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army’s North­ern Theater Com­mand, con­ducted com­bat train­ing to­gether with the Rus­sian troops from Sept 11 to 13.

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